Happy Monday! We’re in the dog days of summer and there’s no sign of letting up in the senate campaign ad wars between U.S. Senator John Walsh (D) and Congressman Steve Daines (R).
Except for a few diehards, most folks are not watching television that much – they are outside enjoying Montana. Most people will start getting interested in politics again after Labor Day.
That has not stopped the Walsh and Daines campaigns from rolling out new ads. Today I take a look a new ad from the Daines campaign called “Injustice.”
Over the past two months there has been quite a negative reaction in the newspapers and on the internet about the Daines’ ads called “Personal Gain” and “Mistreated.” In my opinion, they were swiftboat-style attacks on Walsh’s military career. These negative ads were run by the Daines campaign even after Daines had recommended Walsh to the President of the United States for a position on the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force a little over a year ago.
Many veterans don’t like it when a fellow veteran is attacked.
After those ads aired and the criticism toward Daines started I wrote, “In the coming months look for (Daines) to parade out the few veterans who still support him to try to regain their respect and votes.”
And just like that, the Daines campaign released a new ad called “Injustice” about his work on an issue dealing with veterans.
In the ad, a U.S. Navy veteran named George Blackard talks about Daines helping when several deceased veterans in Billings were not getting headstones. Blackard says Daines “was one of the first to speak out” and that “he took swift action; he got a commitment from the VA to fix the problem.” The ad shows Daines talking to veterans. The source for this ad listed on the screen is a Billings Gazette story dated 11/26/13.
So I read the story. The first person listed in the article as helping with the situation was U.S. Jon Tester, D-Mont. It was mentioned later in the article that Daines “also pressured the VA National Cemetery Administration about the policy…”
It’s normal for the members of the congressional delegation to be working on the same issue – trying to be the one who solves the problem first – and gets the credit (and publicity).
This was a quick attempt by Daines to make-up or patch things up with veterans because he is on shaky ground with them. Look for American Crossroads to help Daines even more with this problem later in the summer.
I give the Daines ad “Injustice” a seven out of ten.
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